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Gained in Translation: Jews, Germany, California – Press Release 2011

Gained in Translation: Jews, Germany, California – Press Release 2011

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Press Release for the Inaugural Exhibition of The Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life
The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley

Gained in Translation: Jews, Germany, California circa 1849

The Bancroft Library Gallery, University of California, Berkeley; March 1 - July 1 2011
Press Release for the Inaugural Exhibition of The Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life
The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley

Gained in Translation: Jews, Germany, California circa 1849

The Bancroft Library Gallery, University of California, Berkeley; March 1 - July 1 2011

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Published by: The Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life on Feb 04, 2011
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PRESS RELEASE
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Damaris Moore
 Director of Communications
510-643-4715dmoore (@) library.berkeley.edu
Exhibition
Gained in Translation: Jews, Germany, California circa 1849
Inaugural exhibition of The Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and LifeThe Bancroft Library Gallery, University of California, BerkeleyMarch 1 - July 1 2011 (open Monday-Friday 10am-4pm)With the establishment of The Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life in July 2010, the unique archivesdocumenting the Jewish experience in Northern California were gifted to The Bancroft Library by theformer Judah L. Magnes Museum in Berkeley. The Magnes archives of Western Jewish Americana haveserved as an important source for several foundational studies of Jewish life in California. Researchersoften relied on the combination of Magnes and Bancroft collections in their work. Now, the physicallyintegrated collections of both institutions bring unique resources under one roof, making them even moreaccessible for teaching and research.The inaugural exhibition,
Gained in Translation: Jews, Germany, California circa 1849,
draws on art,artifacts, books, and archival materials from The Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life, The BancroftLibrary, and the Levi-Strauss Archives to stretch the historical and geographic boundaries of SanFrancisco Jewish history, connecting the history of the Jews in Germany before 1849 to the establishmentof the Jewish community in the San Francisco Bay in the second half of the 19th century.The focal point of the exhibition is the renowned painting by Moritz Daniel Oppenheim
 Lavater and Lessing Visit Moses Mendelssohn
(1856), one of the most reproduced works in the Magnes Collection,often used to illustrate the cultural dialogue framing the social and cultural emancipation of the Jews inGermany. The decade in which this work appeared was pivotal for German Jews: their hopes foremancipation were challenged by the failed revolution of 1848-49, which also spurred emigration to theUnited States, including to San Francisco, where the Gold Rush provided new opportunities of socialsuccess and civic engagement.
Curators
Alla Efimova, Jacques and Esther Reutlinger DirectorFrancesco Spagnolo, Curator of Collections

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